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On November 28, 2018, Alan Epstein, chair of Venable's Entertainment and Media Group, and chair of the firm's West Coast Business Transactions Group, was selected by The Hollywood Reporter to its third annual Top Dealmakers list, which highlights the men and women who negotiated the industry's most significant deals in 2018.

Following is an excerpt from the publication:

The avid cyclist broke his wrist in a crash that kept him off his bike this year, but it didn't keep Epstein from co-representing 3 Arts in its sale of a stake to Lionsgate, which experts say is a bellwether of activity in the representation business. The deal, he says, highlights "the strategic importance of management companies in today's entertainment landscape." The father of four also negotiated Gary Barber's exit from the CEO chair at MGM, including the sale of his $260 million stake in the studio.